the old Joker Records website is possibly the best thing ever – http://t.co/jkBYQ11r63
— Blu Mar Ten (@BluMarTen) February 26, 2015
Recently, someone posted a several year old interview with the singer of the Winstons regarding the “amen break”, from a BBC radio show.
Continue reading… The Winstons Amen Brother Donation Gesture
The site is pretty boring/basic, but it has all the important info for the label. I’ll be adding a “news” section soon, as well as whatever other relevant info I can think of.
The other news is that, if you check the webpage for 8205-002, there’s now a limited number< of copies of 8205-002 in the US for people looking to buy it here. These copies were shipped to me from the UK at a considerable expense, but the overall shipping cost per copy should be a lot less than if everyone bought it from the UK. Initially I planned not to do this again this release, but Royalmail prices have been so crazy lately ($15-20 shipping for one record not out of the question), I wanted to give a cheaper option for anyone looking to buy it in the States. So if anyone over here has been waiting to buy this new release but hesitant because of the high postage price, you can now grab one (or two) here.
Please Note: We’re in the middle of a pretty brutal series of snowstorms here in New England, so I can’t promise next-day turnaround. As with last time, I’ll be doing runs every week or two, and will try to let everyone know when their record is in the mail. Also, these copies are for people with shipping addresses in the US only – Canada and elsewhere, it’s still cheaper to send them from the UK. Everyone outside the US can continue to get theirs from Seventh Storey Projects.
Finally get to spill the beans about a really cool release done by Persian Prince, who I’ve posted about before here and here due to a number of wicked singles he did back in the day. For this EP, Persian Prince has tracked down some classic long-lost tunes on DAT, and pressed them in a super limited fashion – just 70 copies for sale. It’s the first in a series of releases he’s doing in this format, all of which are being done strictly for the love of the music. Despite the highly limited number (and high cost pressing so few), he’s keeping the release price quite low so any big fans of the tunes can grab it. Huge respect to him for doing this, I was lucky enough to receive a TP of this last month and have been playing it nonstop (even played it in a set in NYC). Hopefully some collab with 8205 might happen in the future, it’s been really great seeing an artist as keen as I am to get classic unheard tunes out there (with the added advantage that he was there actually writing some of these classic tunes back in the day!)
Now for the trickier part: how to get a copy. For this release, Persian Prince will be listing these for sale one at a time on discogs here. This is the easiest way for him to track stock for now and keep these manageable, so if you want one, my suggestion is to add the release to your wantslist and keep a keen eye out! I’ve got a feeling this one will go lightning fast.
Bizzy B, DJ D-Lux & Persian Prince – The Lost Dats 91 95 Vol 1
Continue reading… Persian Prince, Bizzy B & D-Lux – The Lost DATs Volume 1
More new release / bandcamp greatness…. it looks like Neil Trix is repressing “The Core” soon!! Def worth nabbing as the original is quite hard to find (there’s a black vinyl copy which is a bit cheaper but has been confirmed by Neil to be a bootleg) and these are two of the most essential hardcore tunes of the 92-93 era. Out to Nibber for the heads up on this, don’t sleep people!
Tim Reaper just posted up a new EP of tunes to help fund getting his laptop fixed… I normally don’t post new releases much but he’s posted up tons of great tunes and has been involved w/ this blog for ages now, so, grab these tunes and throw the dude some money!
Good news: 8205-002, the Exodus + Head Pressure “Dreadkiller” EPs have arrived! According to Simon at Seventh Storey, they’re sounding just like the test press, no colored vinyl funkiness (phew). I’d say more about them, but, being in the States I’m still waiting for my final copies and don’t want to go on about them until I’m hearing them first-hand.
For people who preordered – about half the preorders were shipped earlier today (thanks Simon!), the rest will ship before the end of the weekend.
For those who didn’t preorder, there’s still some copies available for purchase on the Seventh Story Projects site. Not sure for how long though, best to jump on that if you want a copy!
Hey all, been a while since I’ve posted anything about the Dreadkiller EP. I’ve got some good news and bad news.
The good news is: the test presses arrived, and are sounding nice:
Good quality tunes, big solid bass. The two bonus testpress copies have already gone out to the winners of the competition (Phil/DJ Extreme and Ben/Onken). We went ahead and approved the TP 8 days ago.
Unfortunately, the timelines for pressing plants continue to get crazier and crazier. When I first put together this release, we were quoted as 4 weeks for pressing once the TP was approved. I just found out that that has since gone to 8 weeks, since an anticipated drop off in order volume didn’t pan out and, if anything, MORE orders have been coming through. Plus, there was an extra week or two before we received the test press, though we approved and got it back as quickly as possible (over 2-3 days). These delays are unfortunately becoming a hugely common problem with the big plants now, since it’s not like they can simply order more pressing machinery to expand to handle the extra orders (record presses probably haven’t been manufactured in 30+ years).
The short of it is – The EP definitely won’t be ready end of November. I’m hoping it will be ready end of December now (in time for xmas), but it might be as late as first few weeks of January. Especially due to postal craziness around Xmas time, it’s just not clear.
Even though this is becoming an almost unavoidable occurrence these days when dealing with a lot of the big pressing plants out there, it still sucks and we’re not happy about it (I’m guessing all of you who preordered aren’t too pleased either!). With that in mind, I’m discussing with Simon regarding possible further preorder bonuses and incentives we CAN get out to everyone who already placed their order. Just to tide people over till the real release. We will keep everyone updated about that for sure, but in the meantime hold tight and at least know the record is off at the plant, tp has been approved, and it is in line for pressing.
Back in July, I posted about the new Supertouch “Dreams” EP which was released on KVA002. This was an entirely pre-release funded record, where all copies were bought up before the pressing even happened. That record has since been released, and, as expected, looks and sounds great. However, as often happens during the pressing process, there was a bit of overage, and Will ended up with 15-20 copies more than anticipated. This means some copies are back for sale, for anyone who missed it a few months ago. All of these are being sold by Will (Sublogic Label boss) direct on discogs, so jump on there to nab a copy. If for some reason you can’t use discogs but still want a copy, email Will at and maybe he can sort something out.
Supertouch – The Dreams EP
Edit: Competition is over, congrats to the winners!! Feel fee to keep listing label /event collabs below though if you think of more, there’s a bunch still not mentioned..
To coincide with these extra copies, Will has offered to give away three copies of the “Dreams” EP on this site. To enter to win one, leave a comment below with the following info:
Name an oldskool (91-96) record label which was associated with a rave event promotions company, and the promotions company they were associated with. .
Be sure to leave your email in the appropriate comment field. First 3 correct answers will win. Please don’t duplicate previous answers, though if it looks like two comments were left at nearly the same time, I’ll let it slide. Good luck!
Also, for anyone thinking these past two posts have been shameless promo: I’m not getting anything for doing these, I paid for my own copy just like everyone else 🙂
A couple weeks ago during my radio show, someone (Paweł?) asked if there was going to be a blog to the oldskool darkside mix for Halloween this year.
That got me wondering if, rather than just doing a set, I could pull together an entire compilation in time the holiday. I sent out a few emails seeing if anyone was interested, and 12 days later here’s the result: an 11 track free bandcamp compilation featuring a practical “who’s who” of throwback darkside jungle. All unreleased tunes, several written especially for the comp. What’s more, the last track was actually produced in 1993 by a well known jungle producer and two of his friends, but never completed / never released until now – a bonafide piece of long-lost darkside history!
To download the comp, click the “download” link below or visit http://8205.bandcamp.com.
Big thanks to all the artists featured on the comp for contributing tracks. Apologies to any artists I may have missed contacting, or contacted too late for them to find a track… next year!
Finally, massive and large thanks to Macc at Subvert Central Mastering, who, due to the crazy time constraints of the release, managed to master the entire comp in one epic length session less than a day before release.